Welcome to YO S.O.S.! My name is Patsy Foley, and I am a student working towards a Master’s degree in Social Work. I am new to the Crown Heights neighborhood, and truly respect the mission of nonviolence within SOS Crown Heights and YO S.O.S.
I am eager to get involved with YO S.O.S. as I believe that our youth have the power, determination and imagination to make significant impacts on society. I grew up in Boston attending public schools. Throughout my life I witnessed intelligent and talented friends become involved in violence, drug use and eventually the criminal justice system. In a more positive light, I was also exposed to friends who were able to surround themselves with constructive programs such as Artists for Humanity and Citizen’s Schools. Many of my friends in high school were able to take on leadership roles in clubs such as Spoken Word, Amnesty International and other important cultural awareness clubs. In getting involved we were able to escape the harsh grips of violence and crime together. Throughout high school and eventually into higher education my peer group continues to remain invested in our community and the practice of nonviolence.
During my undergraduate studies, I worked at two agencies in Rhode Island. The first being a juvenile corrections facility, and the second being a school for students with severe social, emotional and behavioral challenges. At these placements I worked clinically with youth who by the tender ages of 12-18 had already experienced some of the harshest realities of life having been caught in a persistent cycle of violence. With the proper support system I truly believe that there can be progress. We can learn from and with one another to promote a safer way of life. I am dedicated to reducing violence in cities such as Crown Heights. I am truly honored to be a member of this organization and am looking forward to meeting this year’s group of change markers, organizers, and leaders.